How To Add Tables To WordPress Posts And Pages

Learn how to easily create and insert tables into your WordPress posts and pages with no coding skills required …

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The ability to easily add tables to your website can be really handy. Tables help you sort and present data to visitors in a format that can make your information easier to understand.

The WordPress visual editor offers many great features, but there are some things that it doesn’t let you do by default, such as letting you create tables without having to learn code.

Although you can create tables manually in WordPress if you know HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language) and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets), for most non-technical WordPress users, this is simply not a realistic option.

Fortunately, WordPress plugins let you do almost anything you can imagine, and adding tables to your content with the click of a mouse is no exception.

In this step-by-step tutorial you will learn how to easily create and insert tables into your posts and pages without requiring knowledge of HTML or CSS or coding skills.

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If you want to create and add tables to your WordPress posts or pages and don’t have the skills to create these using HTML or CSS, the step-by-step tutorial below will show you how to add tables into your WordPress posts and pages using a FREE plugin called TablePress.

WordPress Plugin – TablePress

Adding Tables In Posts And Pages In WordPress

TablePress is a great WordPress plugin for creating, editing and managing tables in WordPress.

TablePress doesn’t require you to have any knowledge of HTML, CSS, etc. The plugin lets you easily edit table data. Tables can contain any kind of data, even formulas.

An additional JavaScript library can be used to add features like sorting, pagination, filtering, and more for visitors. You can insert tables into your posts and pages using shortcodes and even display tables using text widgets.

Tables can also be imported and exported from/to CSV files (e.g. from Excel), HTML files, and JSON formats.

This plugin was written and developed by Tobias Bäthge and is licensed as Free Software under GNU General Public License 2 (GPL 2).

How To Use TablePress – Step-By-Step Tutorial

To create and manage tables in WordPress posts and pages, install and activate the TablePress plugin.

You can download the plugin here:

https://wordpress.org/plugins/tablepress

Or install it from within your own Dashboard …

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After the plugin has been installed and activated, a new menu item will appear on your WordPress admin menu called TablePress

How To Easily Insert Tables Into Your Content

Click on TablePress and select Plugin Options from the list of submenus …

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The “Plugin Options” screen affects the plugin’s styling and display settings …

Adding Tables In Posts And Pages In WordPress

For example, in the “User Options” section, you can modify where the TablePress menu entry appears on your admin menu.

By default, the menu entry appears somewhere in the middle of your menu bar. If you plan to use this plugin often, then you can easily position the menu option closer to the top of your Dashboard menu by choosing “Top-level (middle)” in the User Options > Admin menu entry dropdown menu …

How To Create And Add Tables In WordPress Pages And Posts

The TablePress menu entry now appears close to the top area of your admin menu …

How To Insert Tables Into Posts And Pages In WordPress

You can also play with other plugin options in the “Plugin Options” section, like table formatting styles, default language, etc. If you don’t need to change this section, then just leave the default options.

With TablePress, you create edit and format your tables within the plugin screen. Tables are then added via a shortcode into your content. Your tables will then display or update after saving your page.

The benefit of working directly from the plugin is that you can easily change the information in your tables without having to touch your posts. The plugin then updates all of your table information in all instances where the table has been added to your content.

To add a new table select TablePress > Add New Table

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Type in a name, a description (optional), and the number of rows and columns you would like for the new table into the “Add New Table” form in the Add New tab, and click on the Add Table button to create your new table. You can edit the name, description and size of any table you create at anytime…

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Once your new table is created, it will display in the “All Tables” list and get assigned a unique Shortcode ID …

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The TablePress shortcode allows you to easily insert tables anywhere inside a post or page by simply inserting or copying and pasting the shortcode wherever you want your tables to display …

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Once a new table has been created, adding content to it is very easy.

In the “Table Content” section, click in the cell and type or paste your content. You can add text, images and format your content (e.g. add bold text, insert links, etc …)

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Once your new table is created, additional options appear that let you configure your table.

For example, in the “Table Options” area you can specify the first row of your table to be the table header and the last row of the table to be the table footer, display alternate background colours on consecutive rows, highlight rows when a visitor hovers their mouse over the table, show the table name and description above or below the table, and more …

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You can also modify your table information after it has been created in the “Table Manipulation” area. You can insert links and images, hide, show, insert, delete and clone selected columns and rows, add new rows and columns, combine cells, etc …

How To Create And Add Tables To WordPress Posts And Pages

You can also enable JavaScript library features in your tables, such as allowing your visitors to sort, filter and search your table content, change the number of table rows showing on your content (and let users specify the number of rows displayed), display table information, etc …

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You can preview your table anytime, by clicking the Preview button …

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A preview window will open in your browser displaying your table. Certain features such as the JavaScript options are disabled in preview mode, but will display once your table is published …

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Click the Save Changes button after you are done editing to update your table information …

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Once you have created one or more tables, you can view a list of all your tables by going to TablePress > All Tables

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All your tables are listed here. You can edit, see shortcodes, copy, export, delete and preview tables …

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How To Use The TablePress Shortcode To Embed Tables Into Your Pages And Posts

You embed a table into page content with the TablePress shortcode.

Get the shortcode for your tables by clicking on the Show Shortcode menu item under your table title to get the shortcode …

How To Easily Insert Tables Into WordPress Posts And Pages Without Touching Code

The plugin also adds a menu item to your WordPress editor. This allows you to easily insert tables into your posts and pages while working on your content.

Place your cursor where you want the table to appear then click the TablePress menu icon …

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TablePress Menu Icon In Visual Editor Screen

Note: You can also add a table when working in the “Text” area of the editor …

How To Create And Add Tables In Posts And Pages With WordPress

TablePress Menu Icon In WordPress HTML Editor Screen

Clicking on the menu icon opens a window containing a list of all your tables.

Select the table you want to embed into your post or page and click Insert Shortcode

How To Create And Add Tables In Pages And Posts In WordPress

Your TablePress shortcode will be added to your content …

Creating And Inserting Tables Into Posts And Pages With WordPress

Publish the post or page to display the table contents …

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As stated earlier, one of the great things about TablePress is that you can edit the contents of your table after publishing the table without having to edit your post or page. Just tweak the content in the plugin area, then save the new table settings and refresh your content to view the updated content.

Another great time-saving feature of the TablePress plugin, is that if you plan to keep adding new data to an existing table, you can simply export your current table, then add new information, make changes, etc. You can then re-import your table file with the news changes and your table content will be automatically updated throughout your site.

To export a table, select TablePress > Export a Table in your WP admin menu …

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In the “Export Tables” section, select the table(s) to export (you can select multiple tables by holding down the “Ctrl” key), then select the Export Format you want(e.g. CSV) and any other export options you’d like to make and click on the Export Table button to download the table file to your hard drive …

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After editing and resaving your table file, you can then easily re-import the table into WordPress.

To import a table into WordPress from your hard drive, select TablePress > Import a Table

Adding Tables In Pages And Posts In WordPress

TablePress can import tables from existing data, such as CSV file data, from a spreadsheet application (e.g. Excel), an HTML file resembling a webpage, or its own format.

To import a table, select and enter the source in the “Import Tables” section. You can import multiple tables from a ZIP file and choose whether to import tables as a new table or replace an existing table.

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To learn more about using the plugin, including where to access the plugin documentation for extra features, or get technical support for the plugin, contact the plugin author, etc., click on the “About Tab” in the plugin admin section, or select TablePress > About TablePress

How To Insert Tables Into WordPress Posts And Pages Easily

As you can see, TablePress is quite a useful time saving plugin that is free and will help you easily create and insert tables into your WordPress posts and pages.

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